The Senate Finance Committee can’t even endorse a modest public option like Chuck Schumer’s. Citing his belief that a public option can’t pass on the Senate floor “at this time,” Finance chairman Max Baucus joined two Democrats and all Republicans in voting down the amendment, which failed 10 to 13.
Joining Baucus on the Democrats’ side of the dais were Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and, by proxy, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) who wasn’t present for the vote.
There will be no public option in the Finance Committee’s health care bill.
So when Conrad and Baucus talk about not having enough votes for the public option, they’re really just projecting. Cowardly, yet not surprising. Senators like Baucus and Harry Reid are not “leaders” of anything. Douchebags? yes. Leaders? Not in any sense of the term.